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RANZCO and Industry Assisting with Further Study

RANZCO, together with the generous support of industry, is pleased to offer scholarships to final year trainees who have a placement confirmed and approved, and Fellows in their first five years of Fellowship to assist them with further study.

Information and Conditions

All submissions must be received (completed) by midnight AEST Monday 11 September 2017.

1. You must be a RANZCO trainee undertaking a fellowship as part of your fifth year or a RANZCO Fellow in your first five years at the time the scholarship takes effect.

2. You must complete all sections of the online submission form.

3. You must provide all requested documentation:
a) A brief curriculum vitae including qualifications and experience, relevant research and publications (maximum of 5 pages)
b) Written confirmation of acceptance by the host institute for the study
c) Written reports from two referees.

4. You must not have received a RANZCO Industry Scholarship previously.

5. Applicants who are seeking support for a fifth-year job or fellowship must have had this placement approved by the Censor-in-Chief prior to applying.

Note: If you are a recipient of one of these scholarships, you will receive 60% of the funds upfront and the remaining 40% of funds once you have submitted a report of your scholarship activities back to RANZCO at the conclusion of your fellowship.

We recommend you create your responses in MS Word first and simply copy and paste them into the appropriate fields to avoid time-outs.

Note: Any non-compliance with instructions will void the application.



If you have any questions, please direct them via email to scholarship@ranzco.edu

RANZCO congress scholarship

RANZCO extends an invitation to ophthalmologists and eye doctors from PNG, Cambodia, Indonesia and Laos to apply for the opportunity to attend the RANZCO Annual Scientific Congress (20-23 November 2016) on a scholarship and to participate in the International Development Workshop held prior to the Congress (18 November 2016) in Melbourne, Australia. This program is aimed at developing eye care education and professional standards in support of the Vision2020: Right to Sight initiative that seeks to eliminate avoidable blindness and vision impairment by 2020 in the Asia-Pacific region.

For more information on past RANZCO Congress scholarship recipients, please visit Educational and Scientific Exchanges

2017 Hobart Eye Surgeons East Timor Scholarship

The East Timor Eye Program (ETEP) was established in July 2000 by Australian Ophthalmology Fellows of RANZCO and is a program targeted at delivering eye care services to Timor Leste. The Scholarship aims to provide resources to train such Fellows and registrars in areas of ophthalmology that are unique to developing countries. It will provide an opportunity for successful candidates who are committed to the practice of international ophthalmology to train in areas such as small incision cataract surgery and to experience in-country work in East Timor and other potential overseas locations (including service delivery and capacity building).

For more information, please visit the Scholarships and Fellowships page on the Eye Surgeons' Foundation website.


The aim of the Eye Surgeons’ Foundation/Bayer Australia Medical Retina Research Scholarships is to award two 2017 scholarships to qualified medical practitioners to assist them with further research in the area of medical retina.

The successful applicant will: 

- conduct their research in the area of medical retina;
- demonstrate outstanding leadership skills;
- have a proven record of excellence in the field of research;
- be able to establish how their proposed research Project will assist the practice of ophthalmology in Australia and New Zealand, and
- be able to establish the ongoing benefits of the Research Scholarship both personally and to the practice of Ophthalmology in Australia and New Zealand.

Please refer to the Scholarship Application Guidelines (PDF 392.9KB) for further information. Please click here (DOCX 91KB) to access the Application Form. 

Applications will close 5pm (AEST) Friday 28 October 2016.

QLD Branch Topham Scholarship - 2017

Applications are now open for the Topham Scholarship until the end of December 2017.

The scholarship is open to any Queensland registrars in their final year of training. Trainees must have passed their RACE exams and have plans to study overseas. The overseas work cannot involve animal experimentation. If you meet this criteria, please complete the short application form available here which includes providing a brief overview of your background and future plans to ensure your suitability (maximum 200 words).

Please send enquiries to Sonia Wright at s.wright@amaq.com.au


Leadership Grant

RANZCO, through the generous support of Avant, is pleased to offer Leadership grants to RANZCO Fellows.
Two grants of $7,500 each are available – please click here (PDF 90.2KB) for conditions, selection criteria and further information.


The Ophthalmic Research Institute of Australia (ORIA) one-year research grants in ophthalmology and related fields are available through the Ophthalmic Research Institute of Australia (ORIA).

The 2016 ORIA Research Grants are available for application from 10 March 2015 and will close 26 May 2015. Grants will be available to ophthalmologists, trainee ophthalmologists or for work being done in University Departments of Ophthalmology.


Applications are now open for the third round of Macular Disease Foundation Australia's Research Grants Program. This round is the biggest yet with total grant funding of $1.3 million is available across multiple grants for research into macular degeneration.

Applications close on 1 June, Instructions and application forms are available from the Macular Disease Foundation Australia website

MIGA Doctors in Training Grants Program

MIGA’s Doctors in Training (DIT) Grants Program provides funding to assist doctors in training pursue advanced training opportunities in Australia and abroad.

Four individual DIT Grants of $5,000 each are available.

The funding is intended to assist doctors meet the costs incurred in pursuing their training opportunity. Costs may include travel, accommodation, program fees and other associated expenses.

For more information, please visit https://www.miga.com.au/home/grants-programs/dit-grants-program.

Applications close: Friday, 3 November 2017 at 5pm (CDT). 


More information on available Fellowships can be found on the Classifieds section of the website


New South Wales

Clinical fellowship for overseas doctors

The expertise in the University Department is in the areas of glaucoma, cornea and external eye disease, paediatric ophthalmology and strabismus, and medical retina in adults and children. The special investigation techniques include fluorescein angiography indocyannine green, electrophysiology and optical coherence tomography.

Professor Peter McCluskey
Department of Ophthalmology
University of Sydney
PO Box 4337
Sydney NSW 2001

Phone: +61 2 9382 7302
Fax: +61 2 9382 7372

Medical retinal fellowship, Vitreo-retinal fellowship, and Glaucoma fellowship

Professor Mitchell has wide experience in epidemiology and in particular, medical retinal disease such as diabetic retinopathy.

Professor Paul Mitchell
Department of Ophthalmology
Westmead Hospital
Cnr Hawkesbury & Darcy Roads,
Westmead NSW 2145

Phone: +61 2 9845 7960
Fax: +61 2 9845 6117



Research Fellowships & post doctoral students
Go to the Centre for Eye Research Australia website for more information or contact Professor Jonathan Crowston:

Professor Jonathan Crowston
Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA)
32 Gisborne Street,
East Melbourne VIC 3002
Phone: +61 3 9929 8368
Fax: +61 3 9662 3859

Opportunities Eye and Ear Hospital Fellowship

Go to the Clinical Fellowships through the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital website for more information.

HMO Manager
Eye & Ear Hospital
32 Gisborne Street,
East Melbourne VIC 3002
Phone: +61 3 9929 8666
Fax: +61 3 9663 7203



Pterygium Surgery Fellowship
Accredited one on one training in pterygium assessment and follow-up, and particularly in the surgical procedure of P.E.R.F.E.C.T for PTERYGIUM® from the pioneer of this procedure, Professor Lawrence Hirst. Find out more.

Professor Lawrence Hirst
The Australian Pterygium Centre
232 Oxley Road,
Graceville QLD 4075
Phone: +61 7 3171 0017


South Australia

Retinal Fellowship

Fellowships are for 12 months and starting dates are negotiable. For any enquiries, please contact:

Drs Niladri Saha and Stewart Lake
Department of Ophthalmology
Flinders Medical Centre,
Bedford Park SA 5042

Phone:+61 8 8204 4899
Fax: +61 8 8277 0899

Email: niladri.saha@health.sa.gov.au or stewart.lake@health.sa.gov.au

Central Northern Ophthalmology Network Opportunities

January to January the following year:

  • Oculoplastic Fellowship - RAH

  • Anterior Segment Fellowship - RAH/LMHS

July to June the following year:

  • Medical Retinal Fellowship - RAH/QEH

  • Surgical Retinal Fellowship - RAH/QEH

May to May the following year:

  • Cataract & Refractive Surgery Fellowship - QEH

All fellowships are for a period of 12 months (extensions to 24 months can be negotiated on with the principal supervisor after commencement of the fellowship).

Professor Dinesh Selva
Professor & Chair, Dept of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Central Northern Ophthalmology Network
Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH)/Lyell McEwin Health Service (LMHS)/Queen
Elizabeth Hospital (QEH)

Phone: +61 8 8222 2734
Fax: +61 8 8222 2741
Applications for all positions: 

Website: www.health.adelaide.edu.au/ophthalmology


Western Australia

Miocevich Retina Fellowship
The Miocevich family want to find a cure for autoimmune retinopathy. To achieve this goal they are sponsoring a new Fellowship at the Lions Eye Institute, created to investigate causes, diagnosis and treatment of autoimmune, inflammatory, neoplastic and degenerative diseases of the retina and choroid.

The Miocevich Retina Fellow will work with the Director of Clinical Research at the Lions Eye Institute in Perth, Western Australia commencing in 2015.

The Fellow will assist in general medical retina clinics, recruit clinical trials patients, perform retinal assessments and record clinical phenotype. Key responsibilities will include literature reviews, manuscript preparation, study designs, grant and ethics applications, coordination of participant recruitment and scheduling.

This prestigious position interacts with clinical and research collaborators in Australia and overseas to facilitate the conduct of multi-centre research projects.

For a full position description position description email Lisa Karabin (HR Officer) at the Lions Eye Institute on lisakarabin@lei.org.au. For further information on the position please contact Associate Professor Fred Chen on Fred.Chen@lei.org.au. Applicants are requested to submit an application letter, CV and the contact details of three professional referees to lisakarabin@lei.org.au.
The closing date for applications is 5.00 pm Western Australian time, 22 May 2015.

Lions Outback Vision-RANZCO Fellowship

The fellowship position commences in February each year. Refer to website for further information.

Julie Maiolo
Lions Eye Institute
2 Verdun Street,
Nedlands WA 6009
Phone: +61 8 9346 3333
Fax: +61 8 9346 4146

Anterior Segment Fellowship

Fellowships are for 12 months, starting in January of each year

A/Prof Adam Gajdatsy, Head of Department of Ophthalmology
Prof Graham Barrett, Consultant Ophthalmologist
Sir Charles Gardner Hospital
Hospital Avenue,
Nedlands WA 6009


New Zealand

Senior Clinical and Research Fellowship (12 Months) University of Aukland and Aukland District Health Board

Cornea & anterior segment - Prof C McGhee
Vitreo-retinal surgery - A.Prof P Polkinghorne
Medical Retina - Dr M Donaldson, Dr D Squirrell
Oculoplastics - Dr P Rosser, Dr B Sloan
Paediatric Ophthalmology - Dr J Mora, Dr S Dai
For more information on fellowship positions and research activities being conducted in the Department, visit our website.

Professor Charles McGhee
Maurice Paykel Professor of Ophthalmology
Faculty of Medicine and Health Science
University of Auckland
Private Bag 92019
Phone: +64 9 923 6712
Fax: +64 9 367 7173

Research Fellowships (12 - 36 months with PhD or MD options)

Cornea & anterior segment - Prof C McGhee, A.Prof DV Patel
Cataract - Prof C McGhee
Fred Hollows Fellow - Prof C McGhee
Paediatric Ophthalmology - Dr S Dai
Neuro-Ophthalmology - Prof H Danesh-Meyer
Glaucoma - Prof H Danesh-Meyer
For more information on fellowship positions and research activities being conducted in the Department, visit our website.

Professor Charles McGhee
Maurice Paykel Professor of Ophthalmology
Faculty of Medicine and Health Science
University of Auckland
Private Bag 92019

Fax: +64 9 367 7173




The Fred Hollows Foundation Fellowship Program Applications open NOW for 2017!

The Fred Hollows Foundation is looking to recruit three final year ophthalmology trainees next year. The first intake will be for January - June 2017 and the second intake July - December 2017. This is a unique opportunity to gain hands on experience, working in developing communities in both Australia and overseas. You will have the opportunity to work with respected eye care professionals from around the world, who are committed to ending avoidable blindness.

Download/ View Program Details (PDF 350.8KB)
Download/ View Application form (DOCX 62.6KB)

Closing Date: Flexible- until suitable applicants are found



Overseas Fellowship, Taunton UK

Musgrove Park Hospital is keen to re-stablish an Overseas Fellowship as soon as possible. This post would suit a senior trainee and offers a fantastic opportunity to experience life in the UK whilst gaining new perspectives on general and specialist ophthalmology. We are a 12 consultant staffed eye unit and our expertise is wide-ranging, including medical and surgical retina, uveitis, glaucoma, occuloplastics, anterior segment, and paediatric ophthalmology and strabismus. The timetable currently would favour trainees interested in retinal disease, but could be varied depending upon requirements.

We will support any interested candidates in obtaining a work VISA for up to 2 years through the Royal College of Ophthalmologists Dual Sponsorship Scheme.

The Hospital is a busy District General Hospital situated in the south-west of England in the beautiful county town of Taunton just off the M5 motorway 37 miles north of Exeter, 48 miles south of Bristol. Taunton lies in a vale surrounded by designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There is an excellent choice of schools both in the private and state sectors. London is less than 2 hours by rail.

For more information please email Jonathan Rossiter, consultant ophthalmologist and service lead at jonathan.rossiter@tst.nhs.uk